Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Bulldog Josh Morris happy with his knee recovery

Michael Carayannis The vision of Josh Morris looking like he could barley run remains fresh in most people's minds.

Grand final coaches Des Hasler and Michael Maguire playing mind games

Within touching distance: Des Hasler and Michael Maguire in Sydney on Thursday.

Michael Carayannis The mind games between the grand final coaches has begun, with Des Hasler and Michael Maguire making differing pleas to the referees ahead of Sunday's decider.

Des Hasler raps to get the Canterbury Bulldogs fired up

Artist: Des Hasler.

Michael Carayannis Des Hasler has channelled his inner-rapper by trying to emulate the likes of an Eminem or 50 Cent as the Bulldogs coach took his bizarre antics to a whole new level leaving the Canterbury playing...

Fill-in role elevated Russell Aitken to grand final folklore

Michael Carayannis Russell Aitken was sitting around with his mates on Tuesday night half joking that his name would bob up this week.

South Sydney Rabbitohs five-eighth Luke Keary takes notes from Matty Johns

Rising to the challenge: South Sydney's Luke Keary.

Michael Carayannis Luke Keary has revealed how he has leaned on former international Matty Johns as he looked to put the anguish of a torn pectoral muscle behind him.

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Canterbury Bulldogs props Aiden Tolman and David Klemmer in contention for Kangaroos berths

Aiden Tolman.

Michael Carayannis Canterbury props Aiden Tolman and Dave Klemmer may be teammates on Sunday but the Bulldogs duo could be squaring off for a spot in Australia’s Four-Nations squad.

Dally M 2014: Johnathan Thurston, Jarryd Hayne named first joint winners

Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston tie as the Dally M Player of the Year.

Michael Carayannis For the first time in history, the Dally M medal was shared between Johnathan Thurston and Jarryd Hayne after the pair were announced as joint-winners on Monday night.

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New Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor praises Sydney Roosters' Trent Robinson for reigniting his spark

Jason Taylor

Adrian Proszenko and Michael Carayannis After his first foray into head coaching ended, Jason Taylor lost the spark and wasn’t sure if it was for him. But then Trent Robinson helped him get it back.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis should be made an Immortal: Lote Tuqiri

Greg Inglis

Michael Carayannis Lote Tuqiri has paid teammate Greg Inglis the ultimate compliment calling for the South Sydney fullback to be made one of the game's Immortals.

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Wests Tigers appoint Jason Taylor as new coach

Astute thinker: Jason Taylor.

Michael Carayannis and Adrian Proszenko Wests Tigers have announced Jason Taylor as head coach for the next three seasons.

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South Sydney hooker Issac Luke 'in a bit of trouble' with NRL judiciary, says Greg McCallum

Grand final in jeopardy: Issac Luke checks Sonny Bill Williams after the incident on Saturday night.

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter The man who banned Cameron Smith and Luke Ricketson from recent grand finals has called for Issac Luke to be charged for his dangerous throw tackle on Roosters' back-rower Sonny Bill Williams.

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Canterbury Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis says he'll be ready for the Rabbitohs

Early finish: An injured Michael Ennis looks on from the bench.

Michael Carayannis As Des Hasler bellowed out his best version of Glory, Glory to South Sydney, skipper Mick Ennis sat alongside his coach confident he’ll be fit to play the Rabbitohs in Sunday’s grand...

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South Sydney skipper John Sutton again warns the NRL grand finalists against switching off

Leading the way: John Sutton goes into contact with Sonny Bill Williams on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis John Sutton's message was only brief but it was direct enough to let his South Sydney charges know that their job was not yet done despite the wave of emotions surrounding them at ANZ Stadium.

Rabbitohs back-rower Ben Te'o feared his NRL career was over

The morning after: The Rabbitohs Ben Te’o and Adam Reynolds were all smiles at Maroubra Beach during a recovery session on Saturday morning.

Michael Carayannis Ben Te'o feared his four-game ban could see him end his NRL career on the sidelines. He responded by producing arguably his best performance in a South Sydney jersey in his return from suspension on...

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Injuries, suspensions threaten to give Des Hasler major headache

Anxious wait: Tony Williams was placed on report.

Michael Carayannis Canterbury’s grand final preparations are set to be thrown into chaos with key players – battered and possibly banned – placing them in doubt for their first grand final appearance...

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Penrith Panthers' Ivan Cleary and Canterbury Bulldogs' Des Hasler take different roads to same destination


Michael Carayannis Manly coach Des Hasler and Penrith coach Ivan Cleary may have contrasting personalities and styles, but their methods have been working well for their teams.

Five things we learnt: Rabbitohs v Roosters

Dumped: Ben Te'o is upended by James Maloney and Aidan Guerra.

Michael Carayannis Ben Te'o was outstanding in his return from suspension, making a big impact in crucial areas.

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Canterbury Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson declares himself a certain starter for Penrith Panthers finals clash

No concerns: Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson is adamant his knee will be able to withstand the intensity of Saturday's preliminary final.

Michael Carayannis Canterbury halfback Trent Hodkinson is confident his injured knee will withstand any extra attention Penrith's big men throw at him having trained for the first time on Thursday.

Anthony Minichiello unfazed by his mistakes ahead of Rabbitohs clash

Anthony Minichiello.

Michael Carayannis Could this be the end? It's a question Anthony Minichiello has tried to distance himself from this week but even the veteran fullback admits it's been difficult to keep that thought out of his mind.

Canterbury Bulldogs' Josh Jackson defends chicken-wing tackle on Josh Starling

Fired up: Jackson after the win over Manly.

Michael Carayannis Canterbury back-rower Josh Jackson has defended his chicken-wing tackle, saying there is no way he could have caused an injury to Manly prop Josh Starling.

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